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LARC Mocks: 2024 Chapter Books

Working list of starred reviews to be considered for the Mock Caldecott and Newbery Award

2024 Chapter Books

Abendanon, Lucille.  The Songbird and the Rambutan Tree.  BL 11/1-15/23, SLJ 12/23

Abike-iyimide, Faridah. Where Sleeping Girls Lie. PW 1/8/24

Aguirre, Jorge.  Call Me Iggy.  BL 2/1/12024

Ahmed, Samira. This Book Won't Burn. PW 2/26/2024

Akhbari, Parisa.  Just Another Epic Love Poem.  BL 2/1/12024

Albert, Melissa.  The Bad Ones.  BL 12/1-15/23.

Allen, Crystal.  Between Two Brothers.  K 11/1/23

Ancrum, K. Icarus. PW 12/18/23, BL 2/1/12024

Anderson, John David.  Keep It Like a Secret.  K 3/15/24

Anderson, V.P. Blood City Rollers. PW 1/29/24

Andrew, Kelly. Your Blood, My Bones. PW 2/5/24

Applegate, Katherine.  The One and Only Family.  BL 5/1/24

Avant-Garde, Zaila.  Words are Magic!  SLJ 11/23

Baptiste, Bethany.  The Poisons We Drink.  BL 2/15/24

Bates, Janet Costa.  A Week of Shenanigans.  SLJ 3/24

Behar, Ruth. Across So Many Seas. PW 11/6/23, SLJ 2/24

Bell, Alex.  The Glorious Race of Magical Beasts.  K 3/1/24

Blossom, John.  The Last Football Player.  BL 1/1-15/24

Bovalino, Tori.  My Throat an Open Grave.  BL 1/1-15/24

Bradley, Kimberly.  The Night War.  K 2/1/24

Brennan, Linda Crotta. The Selkie's Daughter.  SLJ 12/23

Brosgol, Vera. Plain Jane and the Mermaid. PW 2/12/24

Booth, Molly Horton & Stephanie Kate Strohm.  King Cheer.  BL 2/1/12024

Brown, Erik J.  The Only Light Left Burning.  BL 5/15/24

Byas, Taylor, Erica Martin, and Amber McBride. Poemhood: Our Black Revival. PW 10/30/23

Callender, Kacen. Infinity Alchemist.  PW 11/6/23, BL 1/1-15/24

Cartaya, Pablo.  Curveball.  BL 5/15/24

Chee, Traci.  Kindling.  BL 2/1/12024

Choldenko, Gennifer.  The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman.  BL 5/1/24, K 5/1/24

Chung, Christine. Viewfinder.  K 2/1/24

Clark, Zack Loran & Nick Eliopulos.  The Wandering Hour.  BL 11/1-15/23

Clement, Gary.  K Is in Trouble.  BL 2/1/12024

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.  One Big Open Sky. K 1/1/24, HB 3/24

Cobel, K. A. Looking for Smoke. PW 3/18/24

Coelho, Joseph. The Boy Lost in the Maze. PW 12/4/23, BL 1/1-15/24

Cole, Kamilah.  So Let Them Burn.  BL 11/1-15/23

Cole, Olivia A. Ariel Crashes a Train. PW 11/20/23, BL 2/1/12024

Cronn-Mills, Kristin.  Rules for Camouflage.  BL 5/1/24

Dassu, A.M. Kicked Out.  K 2/15/24

Daywalt, Drew.  They Call Me No Sam!  BL 5/1/24

De Goldi, Kate.  Eddy, Eddy.  BL 4/1/24

Des Lauriers, Eva.  I Wish You Would.  BL 4/1/24

de Souza, Adam.  The Gulf.  BL 2/1/12024

DiCamillo, Kate.  Ferris. K 1/1/24, BL 2/1/12024

DiCamillo, Kate. Orris and Timble: The Beginning.  K 5/15/24

Dimopoulos, Elaine.  The Perilous Peformance at Milkweed Meadow.  K 3/1/24

Doucet, Rashad.  Art Club.  BL 2/1/12024, SLJ 3/24

Durst, Sarah Beth.  Spy Ring.  K 5/1/24

Dwyer, Kristin. The Atlas of Us. PW 10/30/23

Easter, Robin. Upstaged. PW 2/26/2024

Ebbeler, Jeffrey.  Jerry, Let Me See the Moon.  BL 4/1/24

Elhillo, Safia. Bright Red Fruit. PW 11/20/23, BL 1/1-15/24

Emill, Jumata.  Wander in the Dark.  BL 1/1-15/24

Erb. Calyssa. Maya Plays the Part. PW 12/18/23

Evans, Desiree S. and Saraciea J. Fennell. The Black Girl Survives in This One. PW 2/5/24

Fagan, Deva.  A Game of Noctis.  BL 2/15/2, K 2/15/24

Fantaskey, Beth.  Wires Crossed.  K 2/15/24

Faruqi, Saadia.  The Partition Project.  K 12/15/24, SLJ 1/24

Fernandez, Caroline.  Asha and Baz Meet Katia Krafft.  SLJ 2/24

Fipps, Lisa. And Then, Boom! PW 2/19/24

Florence, Malanie.  The Other Side of Perfect.  K 2/15/24

Fong, Debbie.  Next Stop.  K 1/15/24

Frazier, Mona Alvarado.  A Bridge Home.  BL 5/15/24

Fung, Rosena. Age 16. PW 4/22/24

Gidwitz, Adam.  Max in the House of Spies.  BL 12/1-15/23, HB 3/24, SLJ 3/24

Gomera-Tavarez, Camille.  The Girl, the Ring, & the Baseball Bat.  BL 1/1-15/24

Goupil,  Mylene.  Taming Papa.  K 5/15/24

Gow, Robin.  Gooseberry.  BL 4/1/24

Gratz, Alan.  Heroes: A Novel of Pearl Harbor.  BL 1/1-15/24

Green, Simon James.  Boy like Me.  BL 4/1/24

Greenberg, Isabel.  Young Hag and the Witches' Quest.  BL 5/15/24

Greenlaw, Rachel.  Compass and Blade.  BL 2/15/24

Gregson, Marc J.  Sky's End.  BL 12/1-15/23

Hahn, Erin. Even If It Breaks Your Heart. PW 11/13/24

Hammonds, Jas. Thirsty. PW 2/12/24

Hamza, Nina.  Samira's Worst Best Summer.  K 4/1/24

Hanaor, Ziggy.  The Egg Incident.  SLJ 3/24

Hargrave, Kiran Millwood.  Leila and the Blue Fox.  K 5/15/24

He, Cindy R.X.  Perfect Little Monsters.  BL 5/1/24

Headen, Sandra.  Warrior on the Mound.  K 1/15/24, SLJ 1/24

Henderson, Leah & Gary D. Schmidt.  A Little Bit super: With Small Powers Come Big Problems.  BL 2/15/24

Henry, Steve.  Friends Are Fun. SLJ 1/24

Hemnani, Ritu. Lion of the Sky. PW 2/26/2024, K 4/1/24

Hiranandani, Veera.  Amil and the After.  BL 12/1-15/23

Hodge, Rosamund. What Monstrous Gods. PW 12/18/23

Horner, Doogie.  The Adventures of Invisible Boy.  BL 2/1/12024

Howard, Amalie. Bumps in the Night. PW 11/6/23

Ireland, Meredith.  Emma and the Love Spell.  SLJ 1/24

LaRocca, Rajani.  Sona and the Golden Beasts.  K 1/15/24

Ichaso, Chelsea. The Summer She Went Missing. PW 1/8/24

Isler, Emily Barth. The Color of Sound. PW 12/11/23

Ixta, Carolina.  Shut Up, This Is Serious.  BL 12/1-15/23

Jackson, Holly. The Reappearance of Rachel Price. PW 2/5/24

Jahren, Hope.  Adventures of Mary Jane.  BL 5/15/24

Jimenez, Joe.  Hot Boy Summer.  BL 4/1/24

Johnson, Anna Rose. The Luminous Life of Lucy Landry. PW 1/8/24, K 1/15/24

Khan, Hena.  Drawing Deena.  K 12/1/23

Khan, Hena. The Door is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices.  SLJ 2/24

Khan, Hiba Noor.  Safiyah's War.  K 5/15/24

Khan, M.T.  Amir and the Jin Princess.  K 5/15/24

Khorram, Adib.  The Breakup Lists.  BL 1/1-15/24

Korman, Gordon.  Slugfest. K 11/1/23

Kurimoto, Kengo.  Wildful.  SLJ 12/23

Kurtz, Scott.  Table Titans Club.  BL 2/1/12024

Laird, Elizabeth.  The Misunderstandings of Charity Brown.  K 4/1/24

Lam, Maple.  Monkey King and the World of Myths: The Monster and the Maze.  K 2/1/24

Landis, Matthew.  Capitol Chase.  BL 3/1/24

Lapera, Anna.  Mani Semilla Finds Her Quetzal Voice.  BL 2/15/24, SLJ 1/24

Lapinski, L.D.  Jamie.  K 4/1/24

LaRocca, Rajani.  Sona and the Golden Beasts.  BL 2/15/24

Le, Vanessa. The Last Bloodcarver. PW 12/18/23, BL 2/15/24

Lee, Agnes.  49 Days.  BL 2/1/12024

Lees, Jordan.  The Labyrinth of Lost and Found.  BL 4/1/24

Lewers, Nedda.  Daughters of the Lamp.  K 12/1/23, SLJ 3/24

Lewis, Cicely. Imani Picks Up the Pieces. SLJ 12/23

Lin, Ann Sei.  Rebel Skies.  BL 2/1/12024

Lincoln, Beth.  The Swifts: A Gallery of Rogues.  K 5/15/24

Lincoln, Christopher. The Night Librarian. PW 4/8/24, K 5/15/24

Lord, Emma. The Getaway List.  PW 10/30/23

Lucas, Chad.  You Owe Me One, Universe. K 12/1/23

Lukens, F.T.  Otherworldly.  BL 4/1/24

Lucianovic, Stephanie V.W.  Hummingbird Season.  K 12/1/23

Lute, Renee Beauregard.  Dinner at the Brake Fast.  BL 5/1/24

Lyn, Judy I. Song of the Six Realms. PW 1/22/24

Lynch, Chris.  Walkin' the Dog.  BL 2/1/12024

Lynn, Andrea. Dust Spells. PW 4/22/24

Magoon, Kekla. The Secret Library. PW 2/12/24, K 3/15/24

Magoon, Kekla and Cynthia Leitich Smith. Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem. PW 1/8/24, K 1/15/24

Mangie, Bethany.  Conditions of a Heart.  BL 2/15/24

Marr, Shirley. Countdown to Yesterday.  K 4/15/24

Marsh, Katherine. Medusa. PW 11/13/24

Matas, Carol.  Zevi Takes the Spotlight.  SLJ 2/24

McDermott, Siobhan  Paper Dragons: The Fight for the Hidden Realm.  BL 2/1/12024

McDonald, Megan.  Bunny and Clyde.  K 1/15/24

McGhee, Alison.  Telephone of the Tree.  K 4/1/24

McGinnis, Mindy.  Under This Red Rock.  BL 3/1/24

McKinney, L.L.  Escaping Mr. Rochester.  BL 12/1-15/23

McManus, Karen M.  Such Charming Liars.  BL 5/1/24

Melleby, Nicole.  Winnie Nash is Not Your Sunshine.  K 3/15/24

Miller, Chanel.  Magnolia Wu Unfolds It All.  K 3/15/24

Miller, Kalena.  South of Somewhere.  K 2/1/24

Miller, Samuel.  Dark Parts of the Universe.  BL 4/1/24

Miller-Lachmann, Lyn.  Eyes Open.  BL 2/15/24

Millington, Allie.  Olivetti.  BL 1/1-15/24, K 2/1/24

Mills, Claudia.  The Last Apple Tree.  K 4/15/24

Miyakoshi, Akiko.  Little Shrew.  K 4/1/24

Moraine, Sunny.  Your Shadow Half Remains.  BL 1/1-15/24

Moreira, Naila. The Monarchs of Winghaven. PW 2/19/24

Moriarty, Jaclyn.  The Secret of Lillian Velvet.  SLJ 12/23

Morris, Jordan.  Youth Group.  BL 5/15/24

Netz, Mo. The Lumbering Giants of Windy Pines. PW 12/4/23

Norton, Preston.  The House on Yeet Street.  BL 5/1/24

O'Connor, George.  Odin.  K 1/1/24

Orr, Wendy.  Out of the Valley of Horses. K 2/15/24

O'Shaughnessy, Kate. The Wrong Way Home.  K 2/1/24

Pacton, Jamie. The Absinthe Underground. PW 11/13/24

Parish, Theo. Homebody. PW 1/29/24

Penn, Farrah.  Cancelled.  BL 3/1/24

Pilkey, Dav.  Influencers. K 2/1/24

Pilkey, Dav.  The Scarlet Shedder.  K 5/1/24

Porretta, Andi. Ready or Not. PW 4/8/24

Porter, S.E.  Projections.  BL 1/1-15/24

Probert, Tim.  Lightfall: The Dark Times. K 2/15/24

Quigley, Dawn.  Red Bird Danced.  PW 3/18/24, K 4/15/24

Randall, Christen.  The  No-Girlfriend Rule.  BL 2/15/24

Reedstrom, Kirk.  Duck and Moose: Duck Moves In!  SLJ 2/24

Reedstrom, Kirk.  Duck and Moose: Moose Blasts Off!  SLJ 2/24

Reeve, Philip & Sarah McIntyre.  Otter Chaos!  BL 2/1/12024

Reid-Benta, Zalika.  River Mumma.  BL 1/1-15/24

Rellihan, Anne.  Not the Worst Friend in the World.  K 12/1/23, BL 1/1-15/24

Reul, Sarah Lynne.  The Fix-Its: Needs Help.  K 12/1/23

Rogers, Shannon C.F.  Eighteen Roses.  BL 5/15/24

Roman, Dave. Unicorn Boy. PW 1/8/24, SLJ 3/24

Rourke-Mooney, Beck.  We Are Mayhem.  BL 3/1/24

Royce, Eden.  The Creepening of Dogwood House.  K 5/15/24

Saft, Allison. A Fragile Enchantment. PW 10/30/23

Salazar, Aida. Ultraviolet. PW 1/22/24

Scanlon, Liz Garton.  Bibsy Cross and the Bad Apple.  K 5/1/24

Scanlon, Liz Garton.  Bibsy Cross and the Bike-a-Thon.  K 5/1/24

Schreiber, Gretchen.  Ellie Haycock Is Totally Normal.  BL 3/1/24

Schu, John. Louder Than Hunger. PW 12/4/23, SLJ 2/24

Schumacher, Ashley. In the Orbit of You. PW 12/11/23

Shukairy, Ream. Six Truths and a Lie. PW 1/8/24

Siddiqui, Maleesha.  Any Way You Look.  K 3/15/24

Skye, Jasmine.  Daughter of the Bone Forest.  BL 2/1/12024

Silvey, Craig.  The Underdogs of Upson Downs.  K 1/15/24

Snider, Grant. Poetry Comics. PW 12/18/23, K 1/1/24

Spratt, R.A.  Hamlet Is Not OK.  BL 1/1-15/24

Stecher, Leah. The Things We Miss. PW 2/19/24

Stein, David Ezra.  Beaky Barnes and the Devious Duck: A Graphic Novel.  K 11/15/23

Stevens, Robin.  Cream Buns and Crime: Tips, Tricks, and Tales from the Detective Society.  BL 5/1/24

Stout, Shawn.  Anatomy of Lost Things.  K 4/15/24

Stridsberg, Sara.  We Go to the Park.  BL 5/1/24

Tabor, Corey.  Fox versus Fox.  SLJ 1/24

Tolcser, Sarah. Majestica.  K 5/15/24

Treuer, Anton.  Where Wolves Don't Die.  BL 5/1/24

Tsong, Jing Jing.  Fake Chinese Sounds.  K 3/15/24

Tubb, Kristin O'Donnell.  Fowl Play.  BL 5/1/24

Turk, Mariko. I'll Be Waiting For You. PW 2/5/24

Urana, Kei.  Gachiakuta, v.1.  BL 2/1/12024

Van Wagenen, Maya. Chronically Dolores. PW 12/4/23, BL 2/1/12024

Varon, Sara.  The Case of the Golden Bone.  K 4/15/24

Villa, Jonny Garza.  Canto Contigo.  BL 3/1/24

Voris, Jenna. Every Time You Hear That Song. PW 1/29/24, BL 4/1/24

Wang, Andrea.  Summer at Squee.  K 1/15/24

Wibowo, Jes and Cin. Lunar Boy. PW 2/26/2024

Wilde,Jen.  Paige Not Found.  K 3/1/24

Wilfrid, Karen.  Just Lizzie.  SLJ 12/23

Williams, Alicia D.  Mid-Air.  BL 2/15/24, SLJ 3/24

Winston, Sherri.  Shark Teeth.  BL 12/1-15/23.

Wolo, Mamie.  Flying Through Water. K 3/15/24

Yang, Gene Luen.  Lunar New Year Story.  BL 11/1-11/15/23

Yang, Kelly.  Finally Heard.  SLJ 2/24

Yu, Mei.  Lost & Found: Based on a True Story.  SLJ 2/24

Zarr, Sara.  Kyra, Just for Today.  K 1/1/24

Zayid, Maysoon.  Shiny Misfits.  K 2/1/24

Zei, Alki. The Wildcat Behind the Glass.  K 3/15/24

Zhao, Ann. Dear Wendy. PW 1/29/24, BL 4/1/24


Newbery Criteria

1. In identifying “distinguished contribution to American literature,” defined as text, in a book for children,

a. Committee members need to consider the following:

  • Interpretation of the theme or concept
  • Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
  • Development of a plot
  • Delineation of characters
  • Delineation of a setting
  • Appropriateness of style.

Note: Because the literary qualities to be considered will vary depending on content, the committee need not expect to find excellence in each of the named elements. The book should, however, have distinguished qualities in all of the elements pertinent to it.

b.Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.

2. Each book is to be considered as a contribution to American literature. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when they make the book less effective.

3. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.
Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for literary quality and quality presentation for children. The award is not for didactic content or popularity.